New NYC agency to help veterans
In an effort to better serve the 220,000 veterans that live in New York City, the City Council voted to establish a New York City Department of Veterans’ Services.
According to the City Council, the department will replace its current Office of Veterans’ Affairs with the new agency that will take on an expanded role as it works with federal, state and local agencies and to inform and assist members of the armed forces, veterans and their families in matters including:
- Educational training and retraining
- Health, medical and rehabilitation
- Special rights and privileges for members of the armed forces, veterans and their families.
- Employment and re-employment services
Mayor Bill de Blasio still needs to sign the bill, but is expected do so. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said lawmakers have earmarked about $330,000 to help start the agency.
At the federal level, multiple efforts are underway to train veterans for cyber and IT careers. GCN's sister publication, FCW, has covered some of the more notably initiatives:
Posted by Derek Major on Nov 11, 2015 at 1:46 PM